NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The NJ Sharing Network helped raise awareness for National Donate Life Month, kicking it off by ringing the opening bell at the NY Stock Exchange April 1.
NJ Sharing Network, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012, has a long list of events to raise awareness about organ donor month and to get people involved. Some of these events including raising flags at hospitals, hosting seminars and a press conference by Governor Christie and Commissioner O'Dowd about the need for more organ donors.
National Life Blue and Green Day is being celebrated April 19, with the help from local mayors of different municipalities.
"We encourage all communities that day to go blue and green to show their support for organ and tissue donation," said Elisse Glennon, executive director of the NJ Sharing Network Foundation.
"We also enlisted the support of local mayors on April 19 to show off their decorating skills in a friendly competition to see which mayor could create the most interesting organ donation awareness message on an ice cream cake," she said.
According to Glennon, these are just a few of the many events going on to raise awareness for the month. However, NJ Sharing Network hopes their outreach will go on past this month and into the rest of the year.
"There are a host of other things going on during the month and they all have the same goal: to get people to think year-round about the importance of organ and tissue donation," she said.
There are many ways people can get involved with NJ Sharing Network, as well as raising awareness. One of the first thing they can do is check-off that they are an organ donor on their license for at the DMV. People can also spread the word on Facebook and other social media.
On June 9, they will be hosting their third annual 5K Walk and USATF Certified Race to honor those people whose lives have been touched by organ donations. Last year alone, 551life-saving transplants were performed in NJ transplant centers.